[Mailman-Users] banned subscription questions

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Fri Feb 26 14:26:20 EST 2016

On 02/26/2016 09:03 AM, Stephen J. Turnbull wrote:
> Hone, Don writes:
>  > I'm able to ban a specific email address by using the withlist command:
>  > 
>  > ~mailman/bin/withlist -a -r add_banned -- address at domain.com
>  > 
>  > Is there a command that I can use to reverse this?
> I'll have to pass that to Mark, it's his script.

You could modify the script. I.e., make a new script remove_banned.py
which is a copy of add_banned.py with every occurrence of 'add_banned'
replaced by 'remove_banned' and the line


replaced by


Also, You may be interested in the GLOBAL_BAN_LIST implementation to be
in the latest (2.1.21) Mailman release. See

>  > What is the correct format to ban all addresses in a domain? 
>  > *@domain.com didn't seem to do it for me.
> Regular expression.  "*" is not a wildcard in a regular expression, it
> is a repetition operator.  The wildcard for "any character" is a
> period.  To match any string (including the empty string), use ".*".
> To get a literal period, you quote it with "\".  To ban all addresses
> in a particular domain, use ".*@domain\.com$".  If there are multiple
> periods, you should quote them all with backslashes.

Further, in the ban_list (and many other places in Mailman) if an
address is intended to be a regular expression pattern, it must begin
with '^', so you really want


to match any_address at domain.com.

Mark Sapiro <mark at msapiro.net>        The highway is for gamblers,
San Francisco Bay Area, California    better use your sense - B. Dylan

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